Voters need to look beyond land exchange issue

In this election, Summerland citizens need to look past the Agricultural Land Reserve land swap issue.

Dear Editor:

In this election, Summerland citizens need to look past the Agricultural Land Reserve land swap issue.

Of course any candidate for municipal office must be willing to be flexible in their approach to this issue.

To elect any new council member not willing to show flexibility and innovation in the face of challenges is to raise the spectre of four years of council dysfunction.

It is so much more important that Summerland citizens look for new perspectives and new energy in their chosen candidates.

Look carefully for candidates that will build and be part of a functioning team.

It is also so important that our new council look for ways to engage the taxpayers in how our town will evolve.

For that to happen we need one mayor and one team that will start by restoring and paying respect to the tried and true advisory commissions.

Yes, Summerland is a wonderful place to live and retire, but retirees and families will live better near the flame of a healthy economy.

There is still time for us to learn more about our candidates.

Our council cannot provide all of the solutions, but we as voting citizens need to show we are interested in real change by getting out and voting wisely on Nov. 15.

Don Gemmell

Summerland